Eaten without the skin, turkey makes a healthy, tasty meal. Turkey breast is the leanest of meats, and its mild flavour makes it a versatile ingredient. It also supplies high-quality protein and B vitamins.
1/3 cup reduced-salt soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 turkey (about 6kg)
2 heads garlic, sliced in half
1 tablespoon plain flour
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
Freshly ground black pepper
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Preheat the oven to 180°C. Combine the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, orange zest and cinnamon in a small bowl. Rub the mixture under the skin of the turkey's breast and drumsticks. Place the garlic in the cavity of the turkey.
Place the bird on a rack in a baking dish and pour 2 cups water into the dish. Roast the turkey, covered, for 24 minutes per kilogram, or until the thigh meat registers 75°C. Uncover for the last 40 minutes of cooking.
Transfer the turkey to a cutting board; discard the garlic. Pour the pan juices into a gravy separator and then pour the defatted juices into a small saucepan. Whisk together the flour, stock, and salt and pepper to taste, and add to the pan juices. Cook, stirring for 4 minutes or until the gravy is slightly thickened. Remove the turkey skin before carving the bird.